Questions tagged [pokemon]

Pokémon Trading Card Game is a two-player trading card game based on the popular franchise. Players select Pokémon, who have various types and abilities, and try to defeat the opponent's Pokémon. Trainer cards provide various supporting and disrupting effects. Energy cards are this game's resource system and are needed to use a Pokémon's attacks. Cards in play are always face-up.

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What's a good item card to get water energy out of a deck in pokemon?

I'm trying to make a deck for my Blastoise but I can't find/figure out what good item /pokemon card to draw water energy from my deck. This is my main card.
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Can I play basic attacks of an evolved Pokemon?

If I have evolved a Pokemon by placing a Stage 1 or Stage 2 card on top of it, can I play attacks from the basic form?
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How can I defend against Pokémon Cinccino “Fluffy Tail”

I’m trying to learn how to play the Pokémon tcg and can’t find an answer that makes sense online. My opponent used Cinccino’s Fluffy Tail attack, which does 30 damage, and also puts the defending ...
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What type of Pokémon coins are these?

I have no idea where they came from or what they are, if any one knows I would greatly appreciate an answer.
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When do you flip a coin for conditions

I understand that you flip a coin to check if a pokemon wakes up. Assume that my son puts my active Pokémon to sleep (he has a Litwick which does this very easily). At the end of his turn do I get to ...
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Pokemon cards with the same name and different features

I have noticed that some Pokémon have the same name but different features (be it hit points, attacks or abilities). How does this work? I am accustomed to card games where the same card, even with ...
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Are effects from attacks mandatory or optional?

Very new Pokémon tcg player (father trying to learn the rules here). I wonder if the effects of an attack are mandatory or optional. Like I have a Alolan Sandslash whose Smash Turn attack (requires ...
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Pokémon attacks which deal no damage

I am learning to play pokemon tcg since my 7yo kid is interested into it and with his friends play a completely random version of the rules. At least I can try to give him some meaning and have fun in ...
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What is the difference between add damage counters and attack damage

On Dusclops(Flashfire 39/106), on the moved cursed drop it says that i can put 4 damage counters on my opponent's pokemon in any way I like. What is the difference from saying this as in do 40 damage ...
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How should damage counters be put on a Pokémon?

Who gets to choose how damage counters get put on, or are there rules for it? I have a Primeape with the attack: Karate Chop Does 80 damage minus 10 damage for each damage counter on this ...
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Pokemon TCG: is there a way to remove energy from your own pokemon?

I'm starting to get into Pokemon TCG with my daughter and after the first few games I already have some questions to which I cannot find an answer in the official rulebook. One of them is - is there a ...
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Can Alolan Muk use Tri Hazard GX attack even if opponent has no benched Pokémon?

If the opponent only has the Active Pokémon left and no benched one, can the Tri Hazard GX attack still be used even if there is nobody on the bench?
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How does the whole EX/GX thing work? (Pokemon TCG)

So I'm new to the Pokemon TCG, atleast when learning how to play the game itself. I've gotten confused to what distinguishes EX and GX cards. I looked it up and all I found was that GX are majorly ...
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How to defeat Alolan Nintales with Guzzlord-GX deck [closed]

I play the Pokémon TCG, and this is the deck I run: 3x Guzzlord-GX 4x Talonflame (Steam Seige 96) 1x Bridget 3x Wishful Baton 2x Repel 47x Darkness energy In theory, this is how the deck should work:...
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Pokémon energy cards with circled numbers

I have these Grass type energy cards in my collection, they're from 2017, fairly new. But I have no idea why they're numbered. I can't even remember where I got them from. The numbers are on each card ...
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Can You Play Two Search Cards at Once in Competitive Play

Say I have two Profrssor’s Letters which allow me to search for two basic energy cards then shuffle my deck afterwards. In competitive play, are you able to play two of those cards or similar cards at ...
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In the Pokémon TCG, is there a combination of cards that prevents you from milling out?

One way to lose in the Pokémon TCG is to have no cards left to draw at the beginning of your turn. Is there an combination of cards that prevents you from ever running out of cards to draw?
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What is the definitive source of rulings for the Pokemon TCG?

I'm looking for what the definitive site for searching rulings for Pokémon TCG cards is, similar to MTG's Gatherer. Searching for specific cards comes up with various different answers, but most are ...
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Why don't ground-types (fighting) in Pokemon TCG have resistance to electric?

I don't play the Pokemon TCG, and most of my exposure comes from collecting cards from the first three sets when I was a kid (which I've long since gotten rid of). I decided recently to pick up a ...
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What types go well together in a Pokémon deck?

Which types combine well with water types in Pokémon? I have water types, so I need to know which types go well with them so I can make a good deck.
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Do the 'Charizard EX' sets automatically come with a Mega Charizard EX card?

My nine-year-old has asked for a 'Mega Charizard EX set' of Pokémon cards. I googled that. I found the individual Mega Charizard EX card for $20-$25 and I found the Charizard EX set of Pokémon cards. ...
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Can a Pokémon attack more than once per turn?

Mewtwo-Ex has an ability called Energy Absorption, which costs one colorless energy to activate: Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to this Pokémon. So, say I start my turn with two ...
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Can Alolan Pokémon evolve to non-Alolan or vice versa?

If I have a regular Ninetales in my hand and an Alolan Vulpix on my bench, can I evolve the Alolan Vulpix into the regular Ninetales?
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Pokemon cards banned in unlimited

In the new pokemon Ban List it says that FoGP and Archeops are banned in Expanded. It kind of makes sense to say that, since they're not in Standard, but does that mean they're not banned in ...
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Is there a card similar to Lugia from Fates Collide that targets GXs instead of EXs?

I've dabbled in the Pokémon TCG on and off for a few years now - the main reason why I buy packs is not for the cards themselves, but for the collectible pins some of them come with. Recently, I ...
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Why isn't resistance a case of halving any damage taken?

In the Pokémon TCG, there is something called Resistance and Weakness. Like this: For example, for some games, you have multipliers like 1x for 'Neutral Attacks' that aren't affected by Resistance ...
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Has Ash ever appeared on any Pokémon TCG cards?

Ash Ketchum is the star of the Pokémon anime. Has he ever appeared on any TCG cards to date? I know the cards tend to follow the game universe, but I'm wondering if over the 20+ years the lines ...
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How to tell whether a Pokémon Card is fake or not

Recently, I have obtained many Pokémon cards, but I do not know how to tell if they are real. For example, some seem more shiny on the back then others, and there seem to be many typos like Caterpie ...
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Playing Pokemon TCG with more than two players

I want to play Pokemon with my brother and sister. The only problem is that there will be three people playing, which means it would be hard to alter rules so that they do not give other players an ...
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Brigette Supporter: Does Pokemon GX considered EX?

When using Brigette supporter card, how many basic GX should I search? Do I need to search only (1) considering it an Ex or (3) considering it as non-EX basic? I have GX pokemons in my deck and don't ...
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Pokémon Trading cards, mix & match?

Can Pokémon xy starter decks be mixed with booster packs from other series or other starter decks? I know you can only play 60 cards but if I buy two differnt starter decks, can I build a "unique" ...
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How to defeat an active Digglet Pokemon when oppenent has an additional on bench

The Digglet from XY - Evolutions protects itself as long as it's on the bench. How is it possible to defeat the active Diglett if there's also a second one on the bench, causing each to protect itself?...
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Pokemon Asleep Status

I have looked all over for this and can't find any good information on the sleep status, even in the rule book. This came up because in a game recently with a friend: I was put to sleep with an ...
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In the Pokemon Card Game what is a group of Pokemon called? [closed]

There is... herd of cattle pride of lions murder of crows school of fish colony of ants ... and a [something] of Pokemon?
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Pokemon Evolution across types

Are you allowed to evolve a pokemon to a different type? For example, I have a leaf Burmy. I have a leaf Wormadam and a metal Wordamam. Can I evolve my leaf Burmy to a metal Wordamam?
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Pokemon Japanese Pocket monster cards?

enter image description here Does anyone know what kind of cards these are?
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What to do when you “return a Pokemon to your hand”

I have several Pokemon that have the ability to return them to your hand as part of an attack. For example: Phione: Auqa Boomerang - 20 damage - Return this Pokemon and all cards attached to it ...
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Is there a maximum amount of energy that can be attached to one Pokémon?

I bought the Mewtwo EX tin and he has an ability called "Shatter Shot". This attack does 30 damage multiplied by the amount of "psychic" energy you have on this Pokémon. I have a bunch of Psychic ...
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How are holographic trading cards printed in an industrial setting?

Are printing techniques trade secrets? I'm wondering what type of printer, foil, cardboard, etc., is required to print holographic cards of the sort you might see in Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh. I can find ...
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1st Edition missprints on base set pikachu

Hello there I've trying to get my hands on a rare miss printed base set pikachu. Where the 1st edition symbol is faded, aka the (ghost print). I just wondered is the pikachu on the right is a (ghost ...
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Older Pokemon cards

I can tell by checking sites that older Pokemon cards are most likely not allowed in a tournament setting. Would that include energy and training cards? They should seem to be generic and okay.
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Was there ever a non-1st Edition version of the Machamp found in the 2-player Starter Set?

Back when I collected Pokémon cards, I received a 2-Player Starter Set, which included a 1st Edition Holographic Machamp. As far as I know, everybody who got this set received the same 1st Edition ...
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Is a Pokémon energy card with no numbers normal?

I have a Pocket Monster (Pokémon) card in Japanese. It is a fire energy with no numbers in the bottom right corner. Is this normal?
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Brand new Pokemon Cards bent in packaging!

I just opened my new Enchanted Echo starter deck and found two fairy energy cards bent in the box! These cards are completely unusable and buying this deck was primarily for getting the fairy energy ...
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Are the Pokémon TCG “Team Rocket” sets balanced against XY cards?

My daughter received Pokémon XY cards for Christmas, and I have been thinking about buying a deck to play with her. She has the XY trainer set, and I was looking at the other XY cards to buy. Then, ...
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How can I find what basic and stage 1 Pokémon cards can evolve to?

My son just got a Breakthrough Elite Trainer Box. He's got several basic and stage 1 Pokémon and I'd like to find out what Pokémon those cards evolve to. What's the best way to find out how basic and ...
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Pokemon Call of Legends Starter Cards

My son got a bunch of Pokemon cards. One set he bought used was the Call of Legends expansion. The instructions say that there are two preset decks that you can use to start with to understand the ...
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Failure to take a call for step in Pokemon

If a mistake is made in a Pokemon game, and neither player catches it, does the player who failed to do the correct action lose the game, or is the game a draw, or do you continue to play the game ...
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If I use a trainer card that removes damage, can I remove less than that amount of damage?

If a trainer card states that it removes 60 points of damage, can you use it to remove 50 points or less of damage? I have one card that says up to 30 points of damage, so I know I can use it to ...
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Are Item Finder and Dowsing Machine the same card?

Item Finder is a card from the original Pokemon TCG Base Set. Dowsing Machine is a card that has the same effect, but was printed as an Ace Spec in the much more recent Plasma Storm set. I would like ...